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Jordy Nelson (W, GB)

Jordy Nelson (ribs) won't practice Wednesday and will instead work with the rehab group, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.


Nelson has yet to take part in practice since breaking multiple ribs during the Packers' wild-card victory versus the Giants. Predictably, he also missed Sunday's divisional-round win at Dallas. A glimmer of hope arrived early this week, when Nelson finished Monday's regeneration workout and was deemed to have a "slim" chance to play in the NFC championship game, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. Continuing onward Wednesday with rehab work isn't exactly the best way for Nelson to kick off the week of prep, but a pair of practices remain for the veteran wideout to make his presence felt.

Shaquelle Evans signed a reserve/future contract with Dallas on Monday.


Evans has yet to play in an NFL game since being selected in the fourth round of the 2014 draft. He'll be looking to secure a role as a depth receiver and special teams player in 2017.

Andy Jones signed a reserve/future contract with the Cowboys on Tuesday.


Jones spent his rookie year on the Cowboys' practice squad after an impressive showing in camp as an undrafted rookie. He'll fight for a spot near the bottom of Dallas' receiver depth chart once again in 2017.

Connor Hamlett signed a reserve/future contract with Dallas on Monday.


Hamlett played in three games for the Browns as an undrafted rookie in 2016, finishing the season with one catch for 17 yards and a touchdown. He'll look to secure a spot at tight end with the Cowboys in 2017 behind Jason Witten and Gavin Escobar.

Julio Jones (W, Atl)

Julio Jones (toe) won't participate in practice Wednesday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.


Terming Jones' absence "by design," head coach Dan Quinn relayed that his No. 1 wide receiver will increase his activity level as the week goes on, according to Lindsay Jones of USA Today Sports. It should be noted that Jones, the wideout, completed Wednesday's walkthrough, so he wasn't completely shut down Wednesday. Even if he doesn't log a full allotment of practice reps in a given day by week's end, the Falcons haven't expressed any worry about his potential to suit up for Sunday's NFC championship game against the Packers.

Rico Gathers signed a reserve/future contract with the Cowboys on Tuesday, Rob Phillips of DallasCowboys.com reports.


The 2016 sixth-round pick spent the entire season on the practice squad, as the Cowboys attempt to convert his raw athleticism into useful football skills. With Jason Witten getting older and Gavin Escobar unlikely to return to the team in 2017, there could be snaps available at tight end, but Gathers would have to show significant improvement in the offseason to be in the mix for a spot on the active roster next year.

Martavis Bryant (suspension) has yet to apply for reinstatement, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.


Bryant's agent, Thomas Santanello, confirmed as much Tuesday, yet he added the wideout intends to do so in the next two weeks. Even after he files the requisite paperwork, there's no guarantee that Bryant's suspension will be lifted at the earliest possible date (or mid-March). More than likely, the NFL will take its time to ensure he's completed everything asked of him during his second suspension for a violation of the policy on substances of abuse.

The Dolphins will consider moving Kiko Alonso to the weakside linebacker position, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.


Miami considered making the move in December but thought it would be to much of a gamble to ask Alonso to switch positions without any advanced warning or practice. The Dolphins don't have any issues with the play of Alonso in the middle but believe with their personnel it could make the team better should he switch to the outside. This plan could change of course should the Dolphins acquire a weakside linebacker via free agency or the draft this year.

NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah ranked Corey Davis, a receiver from Western Michigan, as the No. 8 player in the 2017 NFL Draft.


It's arguably a generous ranking for Davis, but you won't find us criticizing it. Jeremiah's emphatic praise for Davis is refreshing in an industry that often shows an arbitrary distaste for players from smaller schools. Davis might not have been nationally hyped recruit when he committed to Western Michigan, but by the end of his four-year career he established himself as one of the absolute best college football receivers of all time. Indeed, his 5,278 career receiving yards rank first in NCAA history, 273 yards ahead of the next closest player. Listed at 6-foot-3, 213 pounds, Davis has adequate size for a WR1 projection, and his film gives reason to suspect he'll round out his prospect profile with a solid showing in pre-draft athletic testing. Davis' speed after the catch jumps out on tape regardless of his opponent, and he has a convincing history of producing even against the big school defenses. As an 18-year-old true freshman, Davis notably caught eight passes for 96 yards and a touchdown against a Michigan State team that would finish the year ranked No. 4 in the BCS system. Davis faced Michigan State again in his 2015 junior season, and that time he burned the Spartans for 154 yards and a touchdown on 10 catches. Davis is a unique prospect for whom it's tough to pinpoint a useful comparison, but his eventual athletic testing results should help narrow the field of candidates. Even with the possibility of NFL front offices penalizing Davis for his MAC background, Davis seems all but locked into the first round and is easily a top-five asset in dynasty rookie drafts.

Chris Hogan (W, NE)

Chris Hogan said Tuesday that he sustained a "minor setback" with his thigh during Saturday's win against the Texans, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. However, Hogan added he "maybe could have returned."


Previously, shoulder and back issues afflicted Hogan in his first season in New England, the latter of which forced a DNP in Week 11. His current bout with a thigh concern doesn't appear to threaten his upcoming availability, but Hogan will have three chances to prove his health in advance of Sunday's AFC championship game versus the Steelers.

Adrian Clayborn (biceps) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN.com reports.


Clayborn sprained his biceps Saturday against the Seahawks, ending his season. In 13 games, Clayborn recorded 22 tackles and 4.5 sacks. The Falcons promoted Joe Vellano from the practice squad in a corresponding move. Expect to see increased reps from Ra'Shede Hageman and Dwight Freeney in Sunday's NFC Championship showdown with the Packers.

Matt Ryan (Q, Atl)

Matt Ryan completed 26 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's divisional-round win over the Seahawks.


Ryan shredded the Seahawks all day, finishing with a passer rating of 125.7. He's in line for another huge game Sunday when the Falcons host Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in the final game at the Georgia Dome. The points are expected to pile up quickly in this one, and Ryan is expected to spearhead the charge.

Devonta Freeman (R, Atl)

Devonta Freeman totaled 125 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's divisional-round win over the Seahawks.


Freeman ran for 45 yards and a touchdown and hauled in four receptions for 80 yards in a big game against Seattle. Although Tevin Coleman was the more effective runner, Freeman led the team with his receiving yards. He'll need to have another strong game if the Falcons hope to earn a Super Bowl berth when they face the Packers on Sunday.

Tevin Coleman (R, Atl)

Tevin Coleman ran for 57 yards on 11 carries and hauled in a touchdown reception in Saturday's playoff win over the Seahawks.


Coleman averaged 5.2 yards a carry on the ground and added three catches for 22 yards and a touchdown through the air. Paired with Devonta Freeman, the Falcons have a solid 1-2 punch at running back. Coleman will look to help Atlanta punch their ticket to the Super Bowl on Sunday against the Packers.

Danny Woodhead

Danny Woodhead is "six weeks ahead of schedule" in his recovery from an ACL tear in his right knee, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.


As he approaches the four-month mark in his rehab, Woodhead has already progressed to cutting, which bodes well for his personal goal of full health by the start of the offseason program. Where he'll be situated in a few months remains to be seen, though, due to his upcoming unrestricted free agency. If the Chargers keep him around as a complement to workhorse RB Melvin Gordon, Woodhead will help lead the charge in their relocation to Los Angeles.

Jadeveon Clowney (elbow/wrist) will not play in the Pro Bowl, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.


It seems unlikely that the injuries are anything of serious concern, as Clowney has played through them the past few weeks during the Texans playoff run. However, he will pass up his first Pro Bowl in order to nurse the nagging aliments before offseason workouts begin. Bengals' Carlos Dunlap will head to Orlando in Clowney's absence.

Martavis Bryant (suspension) applied for reinstatement Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports.


Bryant, who is suspended for the entirety of the 2016-17 season, is hoping to return to the Steelers next season. Should his reinstatement be granted, he'll likely compete for a spot behind Antonio Brown on the depth chart before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2018. Look for more updates on his status to come throughout the offseason.

Jordy Nelson (W, GB)

Jordy Nelson (ribs) has a small chance to play in Sunday's NFC championship game against the Falcons, Rob Demovsky of ESPN reports.


Nelson has participated in regeneration workouts but hasn't practiced with the team since fracturing his ribs in the Packers' wild-card win over the Giants. Only missing one week would be surprising given the injury Nelson sustained, but the team claims he's made significant progress and, if he can handle the pain, he'll likely give it a go Sunday. Expect updates on his practice status later this week. Any participation would be a positive sign for the star receiver.

Ladarius Green (W, Pit)

Ladarius Green is still in the NFL's concussion protocol, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.


Green has been out since mid-December with a concussion, making his status for Sunday's AFC championship game in New England very cloudy. If Green is unable to pass the league's concussion protocol before then, Jesse James should yet again see a majority of the Steelers' tight end targets, as he recorded five catches for 83 yards against the Chiefs in the divisional round.

James Harrison suffered a shoulder/triceps injury and may be limited in practice, Dale Lolley of the Washington Observer-Reporter reports.


Harrison didn't appear to be limited at all in Sunday's win over Kansas City. It's unlikely that he'll miss any game action when Pittsburgh faces New England on Sunday, but it's expected that he'll be limited in practice early in the week so he can rest and recover for the game.